Art Alert: Syrian film 'Of Fathers and Sons' to screen at Tahrir Cultural Centre

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 May 2019

The documentary won the Gouna Silver star when it screened at the Egyptian Gouna Film Festival

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Of Fathers and Sons (Photo: still from the film)

Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki's documentary Of Fathers and Sons (2018) will be screened at the Tahrir Cultural Centre on 8 May.

The film follows the descent of the Syrian revolution into a civil war involving various regional and international military powers as well as armed Islamist organisations.

"By pretending to be a Salafi jihadist, as the narration explains, Derki managed to depict the daily life of a family whose head is a leader in the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. Living with the family for over two years, Derki shows the life of the children – named after Mulla Omar, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahri – studying and playing, only occasionally alluding to the values being inculcated in them," writes Hani Mustafa for Al-Ahram Weekly.

The film has won El-Gouna Film Festival's Silver Star for best documentary. Derki's 2013 film Return to Homs won the Sundance Festival grand jury prize.

Wednesday, May 8, at 9pm
AUC Tahrir Cultural Centre, Ewart Hall, Tahrir Square, Downtown, Cairo

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